Ohio State Men’s Tennis Defeats Michigan to Advance to NCAA Semifinals

By Dan Hope on May 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm
Justin Boulais

Ohio State beat its rival to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA men’s tennis tournament.

After losing to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament final, the Buckeyes avenged that loss when it mattered most on Thursday night, defeating the Wolverines 4-2 in the NCAA quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four.

Ohio State’s JJ Tracy (6-2, 6-2), Justin Boulais (6-2, 6-3), Cannon Kingsley (6-4, 6-4) and Andrew Lutschaunig (7-6, 6-4) all won their singles matches to lead the Buckeyes to victory after Michigan won the doubles point to begin the match – which started outdoors but was moved indoors after a lightning/rain delay.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines split their season series 2-2 – each team won on their respective home courts in regular-season matches against each other – but it’s Ohio State whose season will continue on this weekend in Champaign, Illinois.

With Thursday’s win, Ohio State advances to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2018.

The fourth-seeded Buckeyes will return to the court Saturday at 11 a.m. to face No. 8 seed Kentucky, who upset No. 1 seed TCU – the only team other than Michigan to beat Ohio State during the regular season – in its quarterfinal match on Thursday. Ohio State has already defeated Kentucky once this season, beating the Wildcats 4-0 at home on Feb. 11.

All matches at this year’s NCAA Championship are being streamed live on the TennisONE app.

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